The typical landlord-tenant dispute revolves around the lease or rental agreement. The lease usually has: the name or the landlord, the name of tenant, the term of the lease, the amount of rent that must be paid, what happens during “default,” the duties and responsibilities of the landlord, and the requirements of the tenant with regard to maintenance, and what happens at the end of the term of the lease.
Some rental and lease agreements and contracts include provisions that explain who must pay attorney fees in a lawsuit, if the tenant can have house guests, the number of persons who may reside in the property, if the tenant can have a pet, and oftentimes what happens if the building is sold during the life of the lease.
For Tenants: While leases are sometimes specially written for residential or commercial tenants, state and local laws are applied mainly for residential leases because the tenant is usually deemed not as educated in the law. Landlords may try to add special clauses to a standard lease that are acceptable, but often times landlords insert illegal clauses in their lease agreements because they did not have an attorney assist them. A landlord-tenant attorney will be able to interpret your contract and determine if it follows all applicable laws be you the landlord or the tenant.
We work with a lot of diligent landlords who need to protect their interests because of the financial investment they have made in their real estate, and an expectation that their tenants will respect their property. We can often review your lease agreements and advise you as to unique situations that need to be addressed in your leases and rental agreement because of the complexities or uniqueness of your property. We can carefully tailor a rental / lease agreement that meets your unique properties requirements or more closely dovetails with your way of managing your rental property. And when necessary, protect your rights as a property owner or property management group through litigation.
If have questions or need to address legal issues relating to a lease agreement, lease dispute, or other real estate law needs, seek the legal advice and representation of an aggressive lease agreement and dispute attorney. At Morris Law Firm, P.A., you will work with an experienced lawyer who is dedicated to protecting the legal rights of those in Cape Coral, Fort Myers, Naples, Bonita Springs, Punta Gorda, Port Charlotte, Immokalee, Labelle, Lee County, Collier County, Charlotte County, Hendry County, and throughout Southwest Florida.